Volume 45 (2020)

Volume 45 (2020) / Issue 1

Bryce G. Poole, 'Against the Nuclear Option: Planetary Defence Under International Space Law' (2020) 45 Air and Space Law, Issue 1, pp. 55–80

Planetary defence, nuclear weapons, international treaties, customary international law, non-proliferation


States have grown increasingly concerned with the risk of a meteor or comet impact. Some States and international law scholars advocate using a nuclear weapon to destroy or deflect an incoming space object. This article argues that the use of nuclear weapons for planetary defence purposes is legally dubious.

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